Thursday, 26 November 2009

‘Gawain and the Green Knight’

A Green Knight, not just in green armour and clothes, but green skinned from head to toe, comes to King Arthur's court at the New Year's feast and lays down a challenge.

The challenge is for one of King Arthurs's knights to cut off his head. But the knight who does this must be prepared to accept the same blow from the Green Knight in his turn, in exactly one year's time.

Sir Gawain is the only volunteer to take on the challenge, to defend the honour of the knights of the Round Table. It would seem a strange but simple challenge for how could the Green Knight possibly survive? But the Green Knight is no ordinary being, and this is no ordinary story. It is a mystery quest of great power and beauty for the New Year.